The Story of a Prolific, Reclusive Writer

Khali Raymond

MARCH 21, 2019

My name is Khali Raymond and I am currently a student at the Berkeley College campus in Newark, NJ. I am majoring in Business Administration and will be graduating in the spring of 2019 with my Associate’s degree. Then, I am going to be attending Kean University where I will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English and Writing – I will be living on campus as well. I am a published writer, poet, and artist. I was born and raised in Newark.

When I was in the tenth grade, I self-published my first book, “The Ballad of Sidney Hill.” I was fifteen at the time. Fast forward almost five years later, I have published more than 100 books, I have received many accolades, am on my way to graduating from college, and my work has been featured by the Obama Foundation and other countless blogs, and newsletters. Adjusting to college didn’t come without its obstacles either. I had to learn how to manage myself and keep a schedule of the project assignments and deadlines. A few weeks after I started at Berkeley in September 2017, my aunt passed away. This left me distraught for a while. The following semester, I failed hard and was considering dropping out of school. Luckily, Earl Brown, M.B.A., Campus Operating Officer in Newark, really helped me get back on track. We sat down and mapped out a plan as to how I would meet proficiency once more, along with the help of Academic Advisement. Now, I am about to graduate.